Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me…Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” (Psalm 35:1a,3b) NIV
Our walk through life as followers of Christ, is often compared in Scripture to that of someone embarking on a journey. On this journey we may reach many places where we are filled with exceeding joy. But, there are other places where we are so overwhelmed by our troubles; so paralyzed by our fears that we can barely whisper a prayer. We feel drained of all strength and don’t see how we can continue on the Way.
King David finds himself in one of these bitter places when he calls on God to do the fighting for him. Those who know the story of David, knows that he was a renowned military champion. He defeated Goliath, the Philistine who drove fear even into the seasoned warriors of Israel, including the then King Saul. In fact, his military prowess evoked the praises of the people to the point that King Saul developed a murderous envy of David’s military feats. And yet, here we see this champion of the battle field calling on God to do the fighting for him. He knows that God is a military strategist without boundaries and so he prays that God will draw on His many powerful weapons to fight against those who fight against him.
One thing David did not do -he did not think that all is lost because his own strength failed him. No, he knew where his strength really came from. He understood that he had a Mighty Warrior at his side. So he calls on the strength of the Everlasting God, who does not grow weary.
He also understood that his soul needed to be comforted in this time and he asks that God will put his fears to rest and “say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.'” With God on our side, the victory is sure. Even when all circumstances may be screaming”Defeat!”, we know that with Christ we will gain the victory. Therefore, we hope in the Lord and we trust in the power of His might, because He will never let the righteous fall or lose any of His chosen ones. He paid too high a price for them. They are precious in His sight. “No one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:22b).